I'm working on a book project, and the cover photo is proving elusive. Here's the closest thing I got. There's no way to back up farther; it's the edge of the East River. Pointing a 14mm lens in the air just makes things too cockamamy ... the emphasis is on the effect of the lens rather the buildings. No way to straighten digitally without losing important stuff.
I may also try shooting from across the river (lens discussed in this thread). I've done a broader view from this perspective. Unfortunately it feels kind of flat and un-dynamic. I worry that a long lens picture from here will de-emphasize the interesting, three-dimentionality of the structure.
So the next step is a boat. I can charter a pontoon boat that's in the business of taxiing photographers around the city's waterways. But I've never done this. Boats don't sit still and I want a sharp picture. Are there any great image-stabiized lenses in the 30-90mm range? I'll probably shoot on the wide side, under the assumption that I won't get the camera straight and will have to crop.
Any other things to consider?